VA Assistance to Veterans Who Are Severely Disabled
Veterans with certain service-connected disabilities may apply for grants to build an adapted home or install ramps, widen
doors, or make other modifications
to live more independently.
What Additional Benefits
Are YOU Eligible For?
VBA Derivative Benefits Eligibility
There are additional benefits that you may be eligible for that are based on a favorable decision for a VA benefit and/or based on special circumstances.
These are known as derivatives.
I am a Veteran
Veterans of the United States Uniformed Services may be eligible for a broad range of programs and services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
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Disability Service Connection
Secondary Service Connection
Temporary Total Disability Rating
38 U.S.C. 1151
Special Monthly Compensation
Specially Adapted Housing
Special Home Adaptation
Benefits Based on a Veteran's
Seriously Disabled Child
Change of Address
Military Records DD 214
Official Military Personnel Files (OMPFs)
Official Personnel Folders (OPF)
Selective Service Records
Deceased Veteran's Claim Files
Individual Deceased Personnel File
A general list of other Federal agencies that
offer benefit programs and resources for
Service members, Veterans, and their families.
Veterans Legal Help Navigator
Welcome to the Veterans Legal Help Navigator. This online tool helps veterans' caseworkers and advocates across the country find the right fit legal help for veterans.
Since 2005 This Is The Site VA Reads
When They Want To Learn What They've Been Doing
Gather your evidence and records to support the increase.
If there are civilian medical records, you have to gather those for yourself.
Do not rely on VA to obtain your civilian records.
Determine exactly what your current ratings are before you proceed.
Dig out those original award letters so that you know exactly what sort of benefits and ratings you
have. Don't just guess at it, get the facts. You may need to check your records at the eBenefits site.
Look at the ratings table for your existing benefit.
The Schedule For Rating Disabilities is your guide to what you may be eligible for. You may
learn that your current rating is already at the maximum or that you're current
rating is seriously deficient. You have to research it to know.
Do It Yourself
You Do NOT Need A Representative
We are a DIY site!
If you have an existing rating and you believe that the rated condition is worse
than it was when it was rated or if you believe that your rating is just too low, you
must formally file a claim to increase the rating.
Talking with your doctor or other veterans won't get the process started.
You have to submit the forms. No form, no benefit!
Jim Strickland is a nationally known advocate for veterans and a member of the Stateside Legal Advisory Board.
You should consider an IME or an IMO
An Independent Medical Examination or an Independent Medical Opinion
will often make the difference when the details of your claim aren't clear.
The physician who conducts such an exam is a neutral
observer and an expert in disability medicine.
Click here to learn more about these exams.
It's time to file the claim. Use VA Form 21-526EZ
Be as precise as you can to describe just what it is that you want.
Provide supporting evidence.
Congratulations! You're done.
Proceed With Caution!!!
Any time we ask VA to open our file to make any adjustment, we open ourselves up to a
complete review of all ratings. Many veterans get an unpleasant surprise when they discover
that their request for an increase leads to a proposal to decrease a rating. You have an absolute
right to be rated appropriately for each disabling condition you may have incurred during your
honorable military service. If you feel that your rating is not correct for your condition, by all
means seek an increase. Before you do...be sure that you can't lose. Check your current
condition's symptoms against the standards you find in The Schedule For Rating Disabilities.
Match your physical or mental health status to the ones you find there.
If you are confident that you can prove your entitlement to a higher rating, go for it.
If you aren't sure, sometimes sleeping dogs are best left to just lie there.
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Education and Training
Regional Processing Offices
VA has three RPOs that handle GI Bill claims.
How to Use My HealtheVet
My HealtheVet is the VA's Personal Health Record.
It is designed for Veterans, Servicemembers, their caregivers and others. To use My HealtheVet, you will need a computer with Internet access...
What's your VA up to today?
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Apply for disability compensation and other benefits for conditions related to your military service.
Health Care Benefits
Apply for VA health care, find out how to access services, and manage your health and benefits online.
Apply for and manage benefits that help you pay for college and training programs.
Find out if you qualify for a VA home loan. If you have a service-connected disability, find out if you qualify for a housing grant to help you live more independently.
Careers and Employment
Find out if you're eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) services, get support for your Veteran-owned small business, and access other resources to help build your career skills and find a job.
Explore VA life insurance options, manage your policy online, and file claims.
Apply for monthly pension benefits for wartime Veterans and survivors.
Burials and Memorials
Get help planning a burial or memorial service, and find out how to get survivor and dependent benefits.
Family and Caregiver Benefits
As the family member of a Servicemember or Veteran, find out if you qualify for benefits like health care, VA-backed home loans, life insurance, or money to help pay for college. If you’re caring for a Veteran with disabilities, find out if you can get added support.
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and their families with $1.3 trillion in
insurance coverage each year. VA also
offers a variety of life insurance options
VA Benefits for Your Child
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers several benefits for the children of veterans:
(1) Education benefits
(2) Health care CHAMPVA
(3) Life insurance
(4) Memorial benefits